The first Montreal Intercollegiate Tournament was held on Nov. 5th. Organized by McGill Naginata Club, this shinjin taikai allowed beginners from McGill and Concordia Universities to experience their first external competition.
Beginners were introduced to the etiquette and procedures of competing in engi-kyogi; intermediates carried through the organization; and advanced students practiced shinpan duties.
The collegiate naginata community is growing well in Quebec, with the new Concordia Naginata Club making its competition debut and McGill becoming an organizational powerhouse. We can hope to see both clubs in more events, such as the rumored Quebec Regional Taikai, and collaborating on projects such as the Intercollegiate Tournaments.
Written by: Jeremy Frandon
The year 2022 saw the debut of multiple naginata dojos around the country!
The Wild Rose Naginata Club is located in Edmonton and was founded by Alan McDougall.
The Concordia Naginata Club is located at Concordia University in Montréal, and was co-founded by Kevin Hallé and Jeremy Frandon.
The Québec Naginata Kai is located in Québec City and was founded by Philippe Mercier.
It’s great to see the growth of the Canadian naginata community. We look forward to meeting all the new dojo members at various future events!